Season 8

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One Way to Move On: #KeepHopeAlive

Author's Note: For the sake of the deadline, I am prioritizing the only game I attended in person. Other stories you might be able to read include a tribute to LMU's radio-play-by-play man, Jeff Lampe, a year after Mauro, the dealing with the ninth member of the WCC, the fun of a Senior day from an undergrad perspective,...

Behind The Scenes

One of the things that bothers me about modern society is how little we understand what was required to give us what we have. We don't realize the work that was required to get that hamburger onto our plate. If we did, we probably wouldn't be so upset about how little it costs us to enjoy it! Have you ever wondered...

Nothing Technical About It Pt. 2: Homecoming

Sometimes you just have to take time to get away from it all, but after a while, the novelty of travel fades and you need to return home. After the Ohio game, I became a little restless seeing the same team and to prevent further frustration, the semester break had freed my mental chains restricting me to Portland...

Mitch

The Mavericks celebrated Senior Day against Cal State Bakersfield instead of in their season finale in order to give more time for saying goodbye to the Sapp Fieldhouse in the final game. That meant the ceremonies for Mitch Albers and John Ring were going to come more than a bit before their playing careers ended....

It's Not Goodbye, It's Only See You Later

UNO has played in the Sapp Fieldhouse forever. Well not really forever, but for the last 50 years. It s the barn on campus and it never made sense to play anywhere else. Some would ...

Running Late

I don't arrive at games late. Well, not really, really late. Quite often my wife and I arrive just before or just at tip-off, but I'm basically on time, not missing more than a few moments. Also, when I do arrive, I always wait until the play has stopped before entering the seating area. I hate it when people...

Could It End in a Win? Not This Year...

It always ends in a loss. Those words have become very familiar to most of us over the last few years. I know that I've used it several times to console myself at the end of the year. It wasn't going to end any other way, life goes on, and it always ends in a loss. This year for UNO there was a chance, a very...

Western Illinois vs. Oral Roberts 3/5/2012

For the last five seasons, I have made my way to a conference tournament game each season. In 2007, I watched Creighton knock off Southern Illinois in the MVC Tournament Final to advance to the NCAA Tournament. In 2008, I watched UNO win the NCC Tournament, and in 2010, I watched UNO win the MIAA Tournament. In...

So This is Where My Season Ends

When South Dakota State took on Southern Utah their fans had to be smiling. As the two seed they'd knocked off IUPUI in the first round and were given a gift when sixth seeded Southern Utah eliminated 3rd seeded Oakland. In the first game of the evening they had seen top seeded Oral Roberts eliminated by fourth...

Nothing Technical About It Pt. 3: Alumni Day

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GU We Aren't: A Year After Mauro

Sorry for the cliche to start, but a lot can change over the course of a year. Last year, I showed up several hours before the Gonzaga game only to discover a senior had blown off his c...

I Want to Swear at You So Much!

Even after the disappointing turnout before the Gonzaga game, I thought BYU would actually get a large turnout, even if the lone dance of the semester overlapped with the second half. Since the game took place before the official start of #LastMan, I thought I would perform my own version of First Student and...

The Power of First Impressions

After the last few games, I had become disillusioned with the student section's lack of effort. the LMU game came to a head. Even though it was a Thursday night, one should not be leaving a game at the half. The open seats, facing the LMU bench allowed for a rather annoying set of confrontations. "Are you going...

Mid-Majority Season 8 Closing Ceremony Chat

Epilogue, The Eighth

I. Something Like His"Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they're showing you the way." -Donald Miller, Blue Like JazzI read an article once saying the purpose of writing was threefold: to inform, to entertain, and to persuade. Good writers could do...

The Importance of it All

The prevailing opinion is that the NIT just doesn't matter, existing in some sort of strange basketball purgatory. Everybody knows this. ESPN certainly knew this. The Worldwide Leader ended up joining the NIT semifinals already in progress, opting to show the bitter end of a meaningless spring training baseball...

A Walk-On's First Point(s) - Times Two!

I arrived at the Patriot Center last month with preconceived ideas about what the feature event of the night would be: the debut of a fan-created (and NCAA-compliant) t-shirt honoring Pat...

Philadelphia, PA vs Villanova, PA

Philadelphia is a basketball city. Yes, I know there's the E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES and the Flyers. Then there's the Phillies and the Union and finally the 76ers. The other sports may dominate the headlines and the sports bars, but basketball is where it's at. We are full of great basketball programs; Drexel, La Salle,...

Show an Affirming Flame

"May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair Show an affirming flame." September 1st, 1939, W.H. AudenI don't know Zack Rosen, the man. I don't know what he is like away from the bright lights, how he studies for finals, or acts at campus parties during the off-season....

Did This Game Mean Something?

Utah State's Brockeith Pane's final heave bounced off the front of the rim and the game was over. Mercer rushed the floor to celebrate; on the other side, several Aggies crumpled to the floor and looked pained having to sit through the trophy presentation. The media assembled in the hallway outside the locker...

Hurt so much they did it twice

Columbia came into the opening Ivy League weekend full of promise. The Lions looked like a strong defensive team as they worked their way to a solid 11-5 record in non-conference play. Kyle Smith's team also had a nice advantage too, a home set to start the 14-game tournament against two teams they'd have to be...

LIU keeps control of NEC with win at MSG

The road to the NEC title still goes through Brooklyn, even if LIU and St. Francis (NY) played at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The Blackbirds took home an 86-77 win to maintain control of first place in the conference at 12-1. "We knew coming in that St. Francis coming in had won nine of their last...

The heart of Julian Boyd (LIU vs. NJIT)

Long Island let NJIT close a 21-point deficit to three in the middle of the second half, but thanks to Julian Boyd the Blackbirds persevered and pulled out the 84-74 victory at the Wellness Center on Friday night. After Chris Flores' lay up cut the Highlanders' deficit to three with 9:12 remaining in the game,...

The Impossible Triad (Harvard vs. Brown)

The Pizzitola Sports Center is a bizarre place to watch a college basketball game. It is a low-slung, wide building from the outside, connected to Brown's hockey rink next door. Inside, the sidelines of the court are flanked by low bleachers; on one side, there is a small second deck hung over the bleachers. On...

Eighty-Three Percent? More like 84.5

In my room, I have a list of the schedules of San Jose State, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, USF, Sacramento State, UC Davis, Pacific, Fresno State, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, with certain games highlighted in yellow - the ones I thought I might be able to do. I had a big plan for this year - I was going to hit...

Ohio Bobcats, our nation turns its lonely eye

It hardly seems fair. The Bobcats of The Ohio University are the only one of us left in the Sweet Sixteen. OK, I coined that name because I'm feeling emotional these days -- getting knee deep in March Madness as a Mid-Majority fan opens you up to more hurt the more you embrace the experience. It also doesn't help...

The Mercer Answer: CIT Semi-Finals

I. And so here came the Mercer Bears from Georgia, of the Atlantic Sun Conference, to play Fairfield in the semi-finals of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. As fans in the northeast - followers of the MAAC, the NEC, the Patriot - we didn't know anything about Mercer, and the shot clock violation they committed...

UMass Falls Short at "Home"

Last week I was at the DAC to see UMass face Drexel in the NIT Quarterfinals. With about 16 minutes left in the game and the Dragons up 17, it seemed pretty certain there would be a little bit of Philly flavor at Madison Square Garden for the NIT Semifinals. But the Minutemen went into a half court trap, shot...

Heartbreaking Losses Are What We Do Well

In college basketball, the difference between winning andlosing can be painstakingly thin sometimes. Many times, when the teams are evenly matched, all it takesis the bounce of a ball, the discretion of a referee, or the clutchness of aplayer to influence the outcome of a game. For the 2011-2012 Sacred Heart...

One Play-- Or Was it 22?

"In a game that is that close... All it takes is one really good play." That's what Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson had to say after his season ended in a loss to Illinois State. A philosophical quote from a philosophical man. But he's not talking about a buzzer-beater. Not in the least bit. In fact, Illinois...

Under the Red Line Upset

From the outside, every team in the Missouri Valley is an underdog. When Gregg Marshall claims he wants to stay at Wichita State, for example, the national media simply cannot comprehend his thought process. Surely, every coach in college basketball would jump at a chance to leave a conference under the Red Line,...

The Mysterious Case of Evansville

For 10 years, I have attended Arch Madness in St. Louis and learned something about new about the Missouri Valley Conference. For example, I learned two years ago that if I was going to criticize how obnoxious the Missouri State fans were acting behind me, I should probably make sure the man I was venting to wasn't...

It Ends in the CIT

After a strong season, USC Upstate was knocked out of the Atlantic Sun by Florida Gulf Coast, a school also in its first year of eligibility for the postseason. USC Upstate had 20 wins, but in the Atlantic Sun this meant that they were not going to the NCAA Tournament. It was a good season, but good seasons below...

That Moment The Dream Slips Away

That moment was happening, and all I wanted to do was stop it and never let it go. I wanted to freeze time and never let it end. I looked across the court at the Ohio fan section, mesmerized by the sheer passion I could feel 50 feet away. These people in green had grown louder and louder after each three-pointer...

The Drought

As Harvard and Brown lined up for the National Anthem on a mild February Friday night at Lavietes Pavillion, you could easily spot the disparity that became the story of the Bears' season. Harvard filled the line with no fewer than 18 players dressed in warmups (without scholarships in the Ivy League, schools...

Basketball Succeeds Where Hockey Has Not

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Cal Poly at UNLV 11/22/2011 - YES, NOVEMBER!

A basketball season is like a roller coaster. It is divided into different parts, each providing a basketball team a certain point of reference in which to base improvements or to start over if there are none to be had. I'll be honest. This write up is happening on the morning of March 26th, and the game occurred...

It Ends As It Began

The CBI semi-final provided a rare opportunity for Butler to host to Big East opponent, with the Pittsburgh Panthers visiting Hinkle Fieldhouse. My review of the records indicates that this was just the second-ever appearance from a foe who was a Big East member at the time of their visit, with the first such...

Creighton at Missouri State 1/18/2012

I've been hesitant to recap games for the 800 GP this season because Missouri State basketball is very personal to me. I wasn't sure I wanted to share my experiences with the internet. I'm also hopelessly biased toward my school. But that personal experience and that hopeless bias is part of what the 800 GP is...

The End of an Era

Even though his Missouri State team trailed the frustratingly meticulous Evansville Aces from the opening tip, you had the sense Kyle Weems would not lose this game. As the second half wore on and he began to face his own mortality, the senior began to heat up. He launched threes from NBA range. He took the ball...

The First Thursday of March

The first Thursday of March is my favorite day of the year. It's the day Arch Madness starts, the tournament I've attended for 10 straight seasons. On this particular Thursday, I settled into my seat at the Scottrade Center with a big, bright smile. It was the same smile I had on my face in fifth grade when...

A 10-Year Anniversary

It was March 7, 2003, and my 12th birthday was just five days away. As an early birthday present, my dad and I jumped in the car and drove downtown to watch Drake and Illinois State play in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. I think my dad wanted to relive his the glory days by watching...

Book Proposal: The Palestra Hot Box Diet

Dear Editor: Diet books are always hot. There are ones by doctors and chefs, amateurs and professionals, savants and charlatans. But there is no diet book yet that allows you to lose weight by watching basketball. My book, The Palestra Hot Box Diet, will be the first. This diet works. It will be a hit. Allow...

The Past,The Present and Future - QuadPIG 3

Late last night, long after President Obama left, and the large Western Kentucky crowd had filed out, I witnessed one of the truly special moments in college basketball. It wasn't the greatest comeback in NCAA Tournament history which was simultaneously ongoing. Sean Woods, the coach of Mississippi Valley State,...

Sad If They Lost It - QuadPIG Game 2

With Game 1 of the QuadPIG over, it was time to kill the massive amount of time between games. Since my evening food consumption to that point consisted of a giant candy bar and NCAA-appropriate sports beverage, I headed to the concession area. As expected, the area was packed, but hardly anyone was actually buying...

Cash Only at the CIT: RMU at Fairfield

MAAC tournament champion Loyola was done. NEC conference champion LIU Brooklyn was done. At-large NCAA bid Iona was done. Even Quinnipiac, playing in the CBI, was done. Yet somehow Fairfield and Robert Morris had a meaningfulbasketball game to play: the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.comTournament. And...

The Parting Glass

Everything comes and goes Marked by lovers and styles of clothes Things that you once held high And told yourself were true Lost or changing as the days come down to you. -Joni MitchellI've thought a lot about Bucknell after Lehigh knocked off Duke last Friday, becoming the second Patriot League team to win a...

Second Encore

"Just like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." - Benjamin Disraeli The patterns of games get monotonous over time, teams do the same things, games play out the same ways, coaches yell the same way at their players. But you always hold out for that moment...

What We Play For

With the dust having settled from the MEAC Tournament's big upsets in the quarterfinals when 8-seed Hampton beat 1-seed Savannah State and 3-seed Delaware State fell to 11-seed Florida A&M, the two best teams left were 2-seed Norfolk State and 4-seed Bethune-Cookman. Both teams won their semifinal games as...

The Politics of Dancing - QuadPIG Game 1

When I first heard that President Obama and Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron were going to attend our beloved Quad-PIG, I immediately noted the following on twitter "Get down there REALLY EARLY then." While a Presidential visit certainly legitimizes one of "The Most Honest Games in College Basketball,"...

The End, Part 2

I spent a lot of time trying to decide whether or not to attend the first round CIT game between American and Buffalo. My last game, two weeks earlier, more or less served as my epilogue on my 800GP experience. However, something, and I couldn't quite figure out what, was drawing me to the game. Maybe it was just...

Back From The MAAC Dead?

It seems in my travels that The Simpsons are either loved or hated, there's not much in between. But at the risk of offending our loyal readers, the best analogy I could make to how I felt Sunday afternoon heading to watch Fairfield play Manhattan in the CIT has to do with one Bart Simpson. When the Simpsons...

Sturm und Drang

What's more dramatic than a confession? OK, here goes: this past Sunday was my first time ever seeing a game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on the campus of Drexel University. I know! Despite living not more than ten blocks away for four years as an undergrad at neighboring Penn and having made numerous...

Just One More

As I took my seat for the round of 32 game between VCU and Indiana I knew the two games in tonight's session were the last basketball games I would see until the fall. The second game was between two above-the-Line teams so this first matchup would be the last I'd write about for the 800 Games Project. I just...

Getting There

When preparing to head to Albuquerque to watch Round of 64 action (a personal aside - it's not the second round, PIG is still PIG even if there are four of them now!), I made sure to read up as much as I could about the three teams - Montana, Harvard, and South Dakota State - from the Mid-Majority that would be...

It Begins, But It Never Ends

March Madness. The phrase is definitively idiomatic, two words that have proliferated the English-speaking world to such a degree that every third advertisement this time of year seems to feature it - covertly know, of course, because the Empire known as the NCAA has put it on double-secret trademark status. But...

CIT Madness from Oakland

After two consecutive twelve-hour days in front of the TV, I decided that I needed to take a road trip on Saturday and take in another game for the 800 Games Project. After scanning the schedules, I found two games within day-trip range, Robert Morris at Toledo and Buffalo at Oakland, both second round CIT games....

A New Addition to the Family

As has been previously mentioned on here, the MEAC Tournament serves as a family gathering. The tournament serves functions that go beyond Our Game in the networking of the HBCUs in the states on the Atlantic coast. The MEAC Tournament has in previous years been in cities such as Richmond, Norfolk, and Raleigh....

It Distracts From the Now

The illustrious Brendan Loy reached out to me last month in an attempt to help us make the EveryTeamProject happen. Finally, I'm getting to this recap. Being late here is part laziness, part busyness, and part not sitting down to write for fear of penning something subpar. After today, though, it doesn't matter....

Pacific Northwest Rockfight

The term "rockfight" is my favorite new word from Season 8. When I see it I think of the great East Coast mid-major leagues like the CAA or A10, where all the teams play tough and there are no easy conference games. In addition to those two, one of my other favorite leagues is the Missouri Valley Conference,...

Harvard's Final Exam

I am not afraid. I m actually rather curious. Usually in life, you know how things are going to happen. You can imagine even in great detail what the dentist is going to do to you, what yo...

A Mile High And Louder Than Hell

Drive past the University Arena on the campus of New Mexico, aka The Pit, and it doesn't look so fearsome. The low-slung, one-story structure sits on a plateau overlooking the valley south of Albuquerque. Make your way past the ticket-taker, however, and you are immediately greeted with this view: The court...

I, Too, Am a Kentuckian

How many layers of Kentucky can you handle? Before talkingabout this game, I contain many within myself. As Walt Whitman wrote, "Do Icontradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes." I am full of Kentucky contradictions. I was born to a long line ofKentucky tobacco farmers...

An Ending We've All Seen

Without the 800 Games Project I would never have learned about so many teams around Hoops Nation. The final game in Portland on Thursday featured one of these teams, New Mexico State. Willi...

Of Bears and Badgers

First, a declarative: I hate the Wisconsin Badgers. I know our site's proprietor asks for objectivity and that we don't spend time bashing or boasting about any team, so I won't...but I'll let you keep that in mind while I recap their matchup today. I attended another Big 10 school to the Badger State's west,...

It ended in a win

Seasons don't have to end in a loss. At least not one on the court. The Ivy League proves it each season. On the final Saturday of the season half of the league had a chance to finish the regular season with a victory. Columbia, which was playing Dartmouth, had one of the best chances. It was Senior Night and...

The Hare and the Bear

My 800GP journey began in the cold, dark expanse of Alaska at the Great Alaska Shootout way back in November. As a current resident of the Last Great Frontier it was to be what I thought might be my only live Division I basketball experience this season. Instead, I've been fortunate enough to see 17 games, and...

So We Meet Again

It was rivalry week. LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis (NY) had just met at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Now it was Sunday and the Blackbirds and Terriers were at it again. That's because NEC is the only conference in the nation that is crazy enough to make you play your rival twice in one week. Unlike past...

You Don't Want to Go to War With the Rams

Jared Peyton stands behind the baseline of Virginia Commonwealth's basket. Clad in a black softball jersey with Rams across the front in script, and the number 1 on his ...

Last Gasp at Relevance

Savage Hall at the University of Toledo is one of the toughest places to play in the MAC. Going into Saturday night, the Broncos of Western Michigan were foundering below .500, a few games out of first in the MAC West Division, which every year is always up for grabs, usually with mere days left in the regular...

My Season Ends in a Loss, Too (feat. @VCUpav)

Writer's note: This is my final of 13 essays for The Mid-Majority this season, barring unforeseen ghostbracket games. It felt like it was in the bag. I was 99 3/4 percent confident that I was going to get to see my first Red Line Upset in the time since I learned what a Red Line Upset was. It just looked so good,...

Aggies Outgunned, Season Now Done

There were two teams in maroon and white at Portland's Rose Garden tonight. Indiana owned the colors. New Mexico State was just leasing them, and apparently fell behind on its payments, judging by the kneecapping the Hoosiers laid down on the Aggies. And even though there were two teams in maroon and white on...

A Slow Start to a Long Day

I don't usually get up at 8:30 in the morning to go to a basketball game. Most of the ones I've been to start in the afternoon or evening. Today, though, the first of the four Round of 64 games in Portland started at 10:40 am local time and I needed to allow for time to take the train to the arena rather than...

Dogs in Heat

When it comes to matters of science, I guess that I am a rather simple man. Whenever I had to fulfill a science requirement in school, I always sought (in vain) the easiest potential course. Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics - I tried them all, struggling to maintain focus during lectures, and having only...

49ers and Lobos Warm Up the Garden

After the first game of the day in Portland I was looking through my notes, waiting for the Long Beach State-New Mexico game to start. And then, like a gust of wind, it hit me. This simile was appropriate since I'm talking about the trumpet section of the Long Beach State band with the opening of Earth Wind and...

Random, Totally Useless and Beautiful

Author's note: This recap was written on March 16, 2012, retrospectively assessing a game played in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. on February 22 of the same year. MACOMB, Ill. - In the annals of college basketball, a game between Indiana University and North Carolina Central University in late February is...

Ghost (Bracket) Story

About a week and a half ago, I walked out of the Palestra for what I assumed would be the last time this season. Penn had just defeated Yale to stay in the hunt for the Ivy League title, and though it was a long shot that they'd go on to beat Princeton and Harvard to earn the NCAA bid, I left feeling pretty pleased...

The Upset Tournament

Most of us below the Red Line love upsets in March. They are usually associated with Red Line Upsets that get our teams closer to that magical chance of winning a national title. Whether or not we like the media terms such as "Cinderella", we want to keep advancing which will ultimately benefit all of mid-major...

George Mason vs. Virginia Commonwealth 3/4/2012

The George Mason-VCU semifinal was the 56th Division I game I had covered live this season. It perhaps might be the most memorable one from start to finish. I can probably say beyond a shadow of a doubt that no one expected the first nine minutes of the game. But given the first nine minutes of the game, I can...

The Power of the Press

In my non-college basketball-watching life -- and in my college basketball-watching life most of the time - I'm a senior journalism major at an above-the-line school and the managing editor of my student newspaper. Thanks to said above-the-line school hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament,...

Ware it All Comes to an End

Every now and then, basketball fans get lucky and come across a transcendent star. Sometimes you know when it's going to happen, and you get to circle it on your calendar. Other times, you just luck into it. This star was Casper Ware, and I got lucky to see him at the NCAA Tournament, even though I had committed...

Patriot League Championship

Sometimes along the course of the journey a team chooses you rather than you choosing them. You just get a feeling and you know when it happens. I had visited Lehigh University's Stabler Center in the past; it's a nice little place to see take in a game situated on a very scenic campus. Earlier this year, Lehigh...

Insania Omnia Vincit

One might think something that so perfectly describes Our Game during its season's final month was a creation of a slick New York ad agency, working in close cooperation with the highest authorities of the NCAA itself, run through dozens of focus groups. Surely it had to be put through the quintessential sportz...

Escaping Purgatory

Writer's Note: This recap was written months ago, but eaten by a hard drive failure on my computer. This is an attempt to recreate a much better recap.Purgatory: The condition or temporary punishment in which, it is believed, the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for Heaven.While the concept...

Drexel Dominates ODU

When Drexel stepped on the Richmond Coliseum court to face Old Dominion right before tipoff of the first CAA Semifinal, the Drexel Band played the theme from "Rocky". Though they were the 1 seed in the CAA Tournament, Drexel was truly David. Outside of their DACPack faithful, several fans behind their bench...

Patsos Primer: MAAC Semi-Finals

The concourse around the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. was still rumbling with Iona's unexpected loss to Fairfield in the first MAAC semi-final when Siena's Owen Wignot jumped out of the Siena zone, stole a pass, and soloed for a dunk to begin the second semi. Wignot's play established Siena's plan...

WAC Final: New Mexico State v Louisiana Tech

Saturday's WAC Men's Basketball Championship final featured the second seed New Mexico State Aggies and the fifth seeded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The prior two nights have seen the Aggies defeat Fresno State (seeded seventh) and Hawai'i (seeded sixth and upset winner over Idaho on Thursday). The Bulldogs road...

Averting a Purple Thunder Storm

After having been to both of the semifinals on Sunday in Asheville, I went to my home that night in South Carolina, a 200 mile drive away. I am not sure why I drove back, considering I did not get back until 2 AM. I was going back to Ashevile the next day, and another 400 mile round trip meant that the cost of...

When 'I Believe' Turns Into Disbelief

At a quarter after 10 p.m. Central Time on Thursday night, I looked at the Merrell Center scoreboard with 5:11 to go and briefly chose not to believe the 84-61 score in favor of McNeese St...

OHIO Spoils the Mitchell Watt Show

The MAC Player of the Year did all that he could to keep the 2 seed Buffalo Bulls in the second semi-final game of the MAC Tournament. But, in the end, it just wasn't enough, as the 3 seed OHIO Bobcats and their barrage of 3-pointers ended the Bulls' chance at a NCAA Tournament bid. Buffalo's Mitchell Watt scored...

Kent State-Akron III

The sport of boxing has its memorable rivalries. Ali-Frazier. Tyson-Holyfield. Whenever they matched up in the ring, it wasn't really about the fight. It was about the event as a whole. The weigh-in, the verbal sparring, and the actual fight all played in to the experience that was a boxing match. That's why you...

America East Final: Two if by Sea

For what will likely prove to be my final game for the 800 Games Project, I figured that I'd bring back a concept that seems to be very popular when I do my high school writing: the running diary. It was a fun trip that I probably had no business making. Stony Brook was one (reasonably) local school I didn't...

The Brian Voelkel Experience

For the second consecutive weekend, I had no original intention of cheering on the University of Vermont Catamounts in person. The championship game of the America East Conference was simply scheduled too inconveniently for somebody who lives in the Green Mountain State. The trip to Stony Brook University in Long...

WAC Semifinal: Nevada v Louisiana Tech

Friday's second semifinal in the WAC tournament featured the regular-season champion Nevada Wolf Pack playing the fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Nevada had an easy victory on Thursday over San Jose State, while the Bulldogs defeated Utah State in a mild upset. Although there were some favorites based on...

So Long, Slowpokes

Let me preface this piece by saying that I have nothing against teams that play a slow style. In fact, there have been teams I have adored that were more keen to walk the ball up the court, such as Butler from 2010 and 2011. This year, I have loved to watch a measured Denver offense that features a surgical level...

Giant Bazemore

In November 2010, I wrote an article for my College Hardwood web site on Old Dominion called "The Ground and Pound of College Basketball". In that article, I talked about how Coach Blaine Taylor has a "philosophy of inside play, suffocating defense and depth that grinds opponents down". The Monarchs are a team...

MAAC #5: Ten Minutes To Patsos

The announcement came over the PA system at the end of the Iona-Marist game that they were going to clear the MassMutual Center, as the next game between Loyola and Niagara started a new session, which required a new tickets. Alas, I bought my tickets pretty far in advance so that wasn't a problem, but they...

MAAC #6: After Midnight

"Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson Back in my college days, and probably for a whilethereafter, my friends and I would go out on a random Saturday night early inMarch, and after approximately stop three, stumble toward a television. "Dude, this game...

MAAC #7: Poor Mike Glover

"History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill In wandering the halls of the MassMutual Center after Fairfield's 85-75 upset of Iona in the MAAC semifinals, I came across a scene which hurt me. In the spot designated for families to meet the players, Iona senior Mike Glover - who had taken a somewhat...

MAAC #8: Lactic Acid

Lactic acid has gotten a bad rap over the decades. Long thought to be the source of muscle fatigue, in the past few years it has been shown to be critical to fitness and energy in athletes. Of course, when it is allowed to accumulate, muscles can become tight, athletes get tired, and the level of performance...

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